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Anders Hove Chats On His Startling Return To General Hospital As Faison!

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Photo Credit: Jim Warren

There is no doubt that Anders Hove makes one scary villain on General Hospital as the evil Cesar Faison! And now after the reveal on the November 12th episode that Faison is the man impersonating Duke Lavery, complete with a false prosthetic Duke mask, and Faison is indeed very much alive,  Hove spoke to TV Guide from his home in Denmark, about his return stint to daytime!  Here are a few excerpts below:

Hove on if he will be back for another run as Faison after viewers see how this current stint plays out on-air:  “I don’t know. At least this time around Faison won’t be dead — though that’s never stopped him before! They’ll probably send him to jail but maybe there will be more down the line. If executive producer, Frank Valentini needs me again, I’m there. I will never let that show down. I’m so excited working with Finola Hughes (Anna) and love that Faison is so obsessed with Anna. He’s genuinely in love with her but has unusual ways to show it. His ability to love so deeply is the only redeeming thing about him. It’s a lot of fun to do a character like that.  It gives you the liberty to behave horribly. I hadn’t seen Finola for many years but we clicked again immediately. She’s wonderful to work with and pretty damn demanding. But in a wonderful way. She is determined to squeeze absolutely everything out of a scene.”

Hove on his scarier-than-scary star turn performance:  “That’s the goal! The fact that Faison is still alive proves anything is possible. You might think the soap audience would not accept this kind of thing but they do. And they do it with a lot of passion. You only find that kind of audience in America. I’ve never met it anywhere else. One minute they’re angry, then happy, then frustrated. But they’re always very faithful.”

Hove on how he stuff his long wild hair into the faux-Duke mask: (Laughs)  “There are some things it’s best not to think about. Ian and I aren’t even the same height. He’s a few inches taller than I am. That Faison is really brilliant!”

So soapers, are you loving the performance by Anders Hove as Faison?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Claudia Kurzyna
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Claudia Kurzyna

I love his return to General Hospital!

J.R.
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J.R.

Anders Hove is brilliant as Faison. One minute he is wiping away Robin’s tears and you see the vulnerability in his eyes. The next minute he turns into the truly creepy sinister villian that most believe he is. That’s what makes him the best love to hate character of all time on GH!

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maddiehayes

I always love Anders Hove as Faison! Yes, the ‘mask’ business is kinda silly, but who cares? It’s these wonderful actors we want to see on our screens! I think that’s the first time Faison and Duke have ever shared a scene! GH is so great right now because Ron Carlivati is an old-school fan and he remembers it fondly, like we do. Can’t wait to see Robert today.

Anthony
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Anthony

How can anyone not enjoy Faison – the character is so over-the-top mean and crazy. But Anders is such a wonderful actor that Faison is believeable. I think it’s great having him back and I hope the storyline has lots of miles; it would be good to have him stick around for a while.

aria
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aria

Truly one of the best villians of all times, Anders Hove is awesome and GH is simply rocking, I feel like i’m in a dream, this is just to good to be true.

heidi
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heidi

Faison is a villian that you love to hate… but somehow you feel for him at times… It is the writing… but it is also Anders Hove’s talented delivery. Sorry we will not be seeing him much. Having Faison and Duke be alive gives us hope for others. I am still hoping Jason/Steve comes back and others like Victor/Trevor too! Love having Anders back… Faison should not be played by anyone else!

Ann
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Ann

Yes, Hove is pure genius! I want him back ASAP! Faison cannot be done this soon! I have let Valentini know we want him!!!

MJ
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MJ

Anders Hove is brilliant.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love it! Love the whole storyline and cast involved.

Robynne
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Robynne

l am LOVING General Hospital right now! Great to see Faison and Duke again, hope this leads to more story all around. Would like to see the rumors about Lucy Coe come true; then the big surprise at this Nurse’s Ball…Robin returns! 🙂

Jean-François Roy
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Jean-François Roy

Anders Hove plays (in my opinion) the absolute best villain in Soap history.
I hope mister Hove stays for good.

Sue
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Sue

Absolutely loving Anders – it’s such a treat watching him just devour his role. You can tell he’s thoroughly enjoying himself!!! (Still have a special place in my heart, though, for Billy Clyde TUGGLE!!)

Jeff
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Jeff

Fasion brings back excitement into a once dead soap. His character is the most vial and evil of any evil I’ve ever seen on tv. He’s the guy everyone loves to hate. 😀

Christy
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Christy

it’s devilish fun! I love it!!

lisa
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lisa

One of the best villains to grace the GH show.

Zoe
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Zoe

I agree – my favorite villain! I hope they can bring him back. Hove is a great actor who brings out the best in the other actors.

Stevie
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Stevie

I too am thrilled to see Faison back. I believe he will revitalize the show in a way other, more mundane villains cannot. For one thing, he is more imaginative in his evil antics. He is a little more refined than your run-of-the-mill mobsters, like Anthony etc. who are followed by a nonstop wake of explosions, it seems. But a guy who will kill his own mother to get what he wants is pretty unprecedented.

Teresa Guglielmi
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Teresa Guglielmi

Please, GH do not have Anna and Robert kill the character of Faison, Andres Hove is WONDERFUL as this charcter, so fun to watch and love his evilness. Keep the
charcater alive so we may enjoy Mr. Hoves wonderful perfornances for years to come.
What about putting him up against Sonny for control of Port Charles. That storyline has so much potiental.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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